JOEY HEATH : At the time I believe that it was something I needed to be healed from, and so I would pray every day that God would just heal me of this, this evil part of me, and that this would be just removed and I would be cleansed and made whole again. So these young people, many of them, suffer profoundly, physically, psychically, spiritually. At night she operates a shelter for LGBT kids, because she says since churches have been a big part of the problem, they should be part of the solution. Jonathan Sawyer, who sleeps in the church basement every night, represents an alarming statistic.
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The ceremony at St. Jeff R. Johnson, one of the seven gay pastors participating in the ceremony, said at a news conference just before it began. Since the church voted last summer to allow noncelibate gay clergy members to serve, congregations have taken the two consecutive votes required to leave the denomination, said Melissa Ramirez Cooper, a spokeswoman for the church, citing a tally that she said was updated monthly. There are 10, congregations nationwide. And the Presbyterian Church U. The seven ministers welcomed at the ceremony on Sunday had already been ordained and have been serving at churches or outreach ministries in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they had not been officially recognized on the clergy roster.
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The Conservative prisons minister Crispin Blunt has announced that he had separated from his wife and was "coming to terms with his homosexuality". The MP, who has represented Reigate and Banstead since , denied that he was involved in any other relationship and pleaded for his family's privacy to be respected. Earlier this summer the newly appointed minister was caught up in a bruising row with Downing Street after he gave a speech on penal reform that was seized on by tabloid newspapers. Blunt was later said to have been rebuked by officials from No 10 for proposing a relaxation on rules governing fancy dress parties and comedy workshops in prisons.
Peter Robert Garrett AM born 16 April  is an Australian musician, environmentalist, activist and former politician. In , Garrett became the lead singer of the Australian rock band Midnight Oil. As a performer he is known for his signature bald head, his eccentric dance style, and a "mesmerising onstage presence". In , Garrett was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia , "for service to the community as a prominent advocate for environmental conservation and protection, and to the music industry. His father died while he was still at school.